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The Women LLC offers microloans to black business owners

Aug. 9, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kanika White read a statistic in passing a few years ago that jarred her. She wanted to understand what was causing a 42% poverty rate among Black Knoxville residents. “Like with anything that is that huge and complex...the initial thought is (the issue is) too big for...

Teressa Raiford, executive director of Don't Shoot Portland, speaks in front of a crowd gathered in front of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland, Ore., on July 17, 2020, with several religious leaders calling for non-violent protests and greater accountability from local and federal officials. Other speakers called for an end to racial injustice. Protests in Portland have topped the headlines for days, but lost in the shouting are the voices of Black residents themselves. Their feelings about the unrest are nuanced and diverse.  (Brooke Herbert/The Oregonian via AP)

Black people in Portland struggle to be heard amid protests

Aug. 9, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Chaotic and often violent protests against racial injustice have topped the headlines for days, but lost in the shouting are the voices of many Black Portland residents themselves — and their feelings about the unrest are nuanced and diverse. Some feel the overwhelmingly white...

School official under fire for Black Lives Matter support

Aug. 9, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) — An email message that Andrea Kane, the superintendent of schools in Queen Anne’s County, sent to parents at the end of the 2019-2020 school year started out unremarkably, listing achievements for the year and the dates of coming events. Then it pivoted into less familiar...

Pastor pursues passions in ministry, racial reconciliation

Aug. 9, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Zach Somerville says he felt called to work in ministry in his youth, but he ran away from it until early experiences in the U.S. Air Force changed his perspective. Now, he’s among a group of pastors in the Sumter community trying to help lead efforts toward racial...

In this June 9, 2020, photo, U.S. House District 14 candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene talks with attendees at her watch party on at the Courtyard by Mariott in Rome, Ga. (Olivia Morley/The Rome News-Tribune via AP)

U.S. House Republican runoffs top ballot for Georgia voters

Aug. 8, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Voters in Georgia will return to the polls Tuesday for runoffs to settle party nominations in four congressional races and 17 legislative races, as well as a closely watched contest for who will claim the Democratic nod for district attorney in Fulton County. Here's a look at some top races:...

This photo combo of images taken Thursday, May 7, 2020, and provided by the Glynn County Detention Center, in Georgia, show Gregory McMichael, left, and his son Travis McMichael. A prosecutor on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 announced that three men have been indicted on murder charges in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in coastal Georgia. Speaking to reporters outside the Glynn County courthouse, prosecutor Joyette Holmes said a grand jury has indicted Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. on charges including malice and felony murder in the death of the African American man. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP)

Father, son charged in Ahmaud Arbery slaying seeking bond

Aug. 8, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The father and son jailed on murder charges in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery are asking a Georgia judge to grant them bond and to throw out two charges in their indictment. Gregory McMichael and his adult son, Travis McMichael, were jailed and arrested in May, more than two months after...

Springfield's Douglas Park could be renamed for Douglass

Aug. 8, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield Park Board member is proposing a name change for the city's Douglas Park, named for the legendary U.S. senator from Illinois, Stephen Douglas, whom research has shown profited from slavery. Lisa Badger tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register that she will ask...

FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William

Biden risks alienating young Black voters after race remarks

Aug. 8, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's controversial remarks about race this week risk alienating young Black voters who despise President Donald Trump but are not inspired by his Democratic rival. When pressed by Errol Barnett of CBS News on whether he'd taken a cognitive test, Biden responded that the question...

Local veteran wants comrades to get deserved recognition

Aug. 8, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Roger Holloway was 17 years old when he joined the U.S. Army. It was May 17, 1950, and little did he know, he would become one of the last living Buffalo Soldiers, now on a new mission to keep the stories of these black vanguards alive. “Most of the people have...

A paragraph in the Colonial Vestry Book of Lynnhaven Parish Princess Anne County Virginia 1723-1786 shows an entry of slave was bought and sold, is shown Monday, June 29, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Va. The' N. Pham/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Virginia churches reckon with history in slave trade

Aug. 8, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Parishioners at Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach were shocked — and dismayed — when their congregation’s records showed that their 383-year-old church once owned slaves. It recently launched a film-based dialogue series called “Sacred...